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Man, woman Manitoba’s first H1N1 flu deaths

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Manitoba has reported its first two deaths associated with the H1N1 flu virus.

Dr. Joel Kettner, chief provincial public health officer, made the announcement at a news conference at the Legislative Building this afternoon.

One of the victims is a man in his 40s from Winnipeg who had been hospitalized and had no known significant underlying health conditions, Kettner said.

The other is a woman in her 40s from the Nor-Man health region who had been hospitalized and had significant underlying health conditions.

The province also reported 74 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu today, bringing the total in Manitoba to 226.

Dr. Brian Postl, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, told reporters that the number of suspected or confirmed H1N1 patients requiring ventilators in hospital is relatively unchanged at 31.

larry.kusch@freepress.mb.ca

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